It’s that part of the teen horror movie when you realize you’re not on the poster.
listen to episode 114: Alexander_Pearce.mp3
Gareth: All right, they’re eating people.
Wil: But just to make a point.
Macquarie Harbor Penal Station, Sarah Island, Macquarie Harbor, Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) 1822-1833
true crime: Bloodlust: The Unsavoury Tale of Alexander Pearce, the Convict Cannibal * Nick Bleszynski
The novel I thought about throughout this entire episode: And Then There Were None/Ten Little Indians * Agatha Christie
I had a hearty horror laugh that this even existed: Wikipedia category page, cannibals by nationality.
Two horror movies have been made about Pearce’s culinary walkabout, one of which I did not realize I have seen, and already recommended on site: Dying Breed (2008), which popped up in the Australian Horror Movies post. The other is Van Diemen’s Land (2009), which I want to watch pronto.
“Words From the Executioner to Alexander Pearce” is the fourth track on The Drones’ album Gala Hill. Weddings Parties Anything also have a song about Pearce, which is apparently a mosh pit favorite when played live: “A Tale They Won’t Believe“:
…So that night we made fires out of twigs and out of bark
And our stomachs they were grumbling all through the night so dark
I can’t say I feel guilty, after all it wasn’t me
But when the sun came up next morning the four had turned to three
And I said, right there’s another one, don’t you frown,
Chew the meat and hold it down,
It’s a tale they won’t believe,
When I get down to Hobart town…
Want a sandwich? I have ham, turkey, roast beef, beef hash…
And one more book recommendation, from the oft-Carla-recommended Professor Harold Schechter: Man-Eater: The Life and Legend of an American Cannibal. Enter Alfred G. Packer, stage left. Nom nom nom.
Band names from this episode:
- Inappropriate Meat
- Sir Rumpus
- Suicide Whales
- Jerked Dalton
- Novelty Licorice Jackets
- Venom Leg
So many cultural riffs in this one…
- Shawshank Redemption (movie, novella) and the splendiferous Morgan Freeman
- Ashley Madison hack
- Adam Goodes, Australian of the Year for 2015, and all the bigots (the children really are the future)
- Crocodile Dundee
- The Usual Suspects
- Chumbawumba (do not bring this song back please for the love of all that is precious I will cry you do not want Momma Carla to cry)
- INXS death
- Lady Gaga’s meat dress
- Reality TV golden moment: “Is this chicken I have, or is this fish?”:
This moment gives me life. Not because I am laughing at her, but because we have all had those moments. Yes, we have. Yes, you, too. Don’t front.